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Discourses of Cold War technology in Rocky 4

by Critical Commons Manager

In this bizarre inversion of Cold War discourses of technology, the Soviet Union is depicted as technologically superior to the United States in its construction of a superhuman boxer Drago (Dolph Lundgren). Soviet trainers' use of computer analytics and graphical displays is positioned in sharp contrast with the natural training regimen followed by the American boxer, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), as he seeks to avenge the death of his friend Apollo Creed. Although the Soviets excel in the use of high tech training tools, American technological advancement focuses on the domestic sphere, where a feminized talking robot has taken over household chores and basic service needs in the affluent Balboa home. The technologized creation of a super-athlete is also linked to the use of performance-enhancing drugs. This penultimate film in the Rocky series was produced less than a year after the Soviet Union led a boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympic games in Los Angeles.

Rocky 4 computerized punch analysis

The training of a Soviet boxer is associated with computer technology and performance-enhancing drugs in Rocky IV

from Rocky IV (1985)
Creator: Sylvester Stallone
Distributor: United Artists
Posted by Critical Commons Manager